MFL mission statement

Our mission is to ensure that all students value the knowledge of Languages in the world today. Our aim is to provide an excellent learning experience in Languages to motivate students to take Languages not only at GCSE and Advanced level but beyond.

 

We have very  high expectations of our students and take a very traditional approach to behaviour, uniform and standards. We expect pupils to wear the full Academy uniform correctly, start lessons on time, attend well, behave respectfully to others and to work hard.

 

We have very high expectations of the Department. As teachers we aim to develop our own teaching based on  reflection and using innovative strategies based on research to provide high calibre teaching. We aim to follow a carefully scaffolded and challenging SOW with excellent  ATL approaches that encourage students to become independent, confident and articulate learners in the language learned to achieve well. We have a motivated, supportive and collaborative Department where we all learn from each other and support each other.

 

Aiming  for  high-calibre teaching, outstanding leadership and pastoral care we expect to prepare our pupils well for entrance to higher education, high quality employment and the future careers of their choice. 

 

MFL Curriculum

Our aim is to develop students' communication skills gradually thus students will widen their use of language throughout each key stage.  Assessments and topics increase in complexity as the course progresses.

 

KS3

At KS3 our students are introduced to Spanish in Year 7 and language learning. Students will develop an understanding of the basic structure of the language and will begin to build topic vocabulary and to manipulate grammatical structures so that they can create sentences to describe themselves and others as well as to give their opinions including reasons. They will learn through a variety of repetition and questioning  techniques in the classroom as well as from  translation, grammar, listening, reading  and speaking activities. The students will be encouraged and expected to use the target language as much as possible in the classroom in order to develop confidence to express themselves in the language learned. Year 8 students are studying Spanish and Y9 students are studying  French this year. Students  will be able to opt for the language of their choice to take it further at GCSE level.

 

Key communication skills which are assessed in Languages

Reading – A range of short sentences/paragraphs which test the ability to pick out the key points of a texts and answer questions on them.

Writing- Students will demonstrate their understanding of both grammar and vocabulary, creating short sentences and paragraphs to answer questions relating to a topic.

Listening- Students will listen to conversations between native speakers and will answer questions. Students are tested on the ability to pick out key words & details.

Speaking- Students will be asked a range of questions related to a topic that they have studied. Students are tested on fluency, use of appropriate language and pronunciation.

 

Homework

Students need to put time aside weekly to learn vocabulary thoroughly  through Quizlet– minimum 20 minutes. It is advisable to learn it in small chunks across the week.

Additional learning tasks will take the form of specific reading materials and revision. Students are expected to spend at least one half an hour per week on set tasks, and following up class work in order to make consistent progress.

Homework will be shown in G4S.

 

Extra-Curricular activities

Language Homework Club  - Tue lunchtime

Possibility of Spanish event

 

 

KS4

At KS4  the students study the language of their choice,  either Spanish or French.  At KS4 We aim to give pupils a deeper knowledge in all the aspects of language learning to improve their receptive and productive communication skills. Students are expected to be able to use at least 3 tenses as well as a variety of complex grammatical structures to enable them to produce 150 word pieces of writing from memory and to be able to have an spontaneous conversation in the language learned. In addition the students gain an increasing cultural awareness of Hispanic countries or French speaking countries  as they will  have been exposed to the culture of the language learned through the language itself and the topics presented.  Overall, we aim to provide a strong grounding knowledge and suitable skills  in preparation for Advanced studies.

 

In year 10 students will complete the first 5 modules of the AQA GCSE course.

All 4 skill areas are taught, practised, developed & assessed; each is worth 25% of the final exam.

· Listening -listen to recorded Spanish and answer questions in writing in English & Spanish.

· Speaking-respond to a picture & role play card & be able to answer questions in Spanish on some aspects of the topics taught

· Reading – Read & respond to texts in Spanish & in English. Translate into English.

· Writing –Translate into Spanish & respond to written prompts in Spanish

In year 11  students will consolidate and revise modules seen before  and  will complete the last 3 modules of the AQA GCSE course.

 

Homework

Students need to put time aside weekly to learn vocabulary thoroughly  through Quizlet– minimum 30 minutes. It is advisable to learn it in small chunks across the week.

Additional learning tasks will take the form of specific listening, reading & grammar tasks, written tasks and preparation of speaking answers. Students are expected to spend at least one hour per week on set tasks, and following up class work in order to make consistent progress.

Homework will be shown in G4S.

 

Extra curricular activities

Breakfast speaking club (Spanish/French) -  Wed. 8.00 to 8.45 hrs

Language Homework Club - Tue lunchtime

Possibility of Spanish event

About us

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